Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Food: Bacon, Red Pepper, and Mozzarella Frittata

This one is a little labor intensive but we think you will enjoy the result at the end.  So many good things wrapped up into one recipe that we thought we should share it with everyone.  We hope you enjoy.

-7 slices bacon
-1 tbsp olive oil
-4 large mushroom caps
-2 tbsp fresh parsley
-1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
-4 oz. fresh mozzarella, cubed
-2 oz. hard goat cheese, grated
-1 medium red bell pepper
-8 or 9 large eggs
-1/4 cup heavy cream
-1/4 parmesan cheese, grated
-Salt and pepper to taste

The Game Plan: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350degF.  Prep all of your vegetables first.  Roughly chop 1 medium Red Bell Pepper, 7 slices of Bacon, enough basil to turn into 1/2 cup, and 4 large Baby Bella Mushroom caps (remove steps prior to chopping).
  2. In a hot pan, add 1 tbsp olive oil.  When the first wisp of smoke appears, add bacon to the pan immediately.
  3. Cook the bacon just enough so that it starts to turn brown.  Once that happens, add the chopped red bell pepper.  Stir well.
  4. While the red pepper is cooking, prep the egg mixture.  Add 8 or 9 large eggs to a large mixing bowl along with 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and freshly ground pepper.  Remember that parmesan has a salty quality  to it so you shouldn't need to add extra salt here.
  5. Using a whisk, whisk the egg mixture well so that everything is combined.
  6. Once your red bell peppers begin to soften, add mushrooms to the pan and stir in well.  You want the mushrooms to begin soaking up all the extra fats in the pan.
  7. While the mushrooms are soaking up the fats, chop your 4 oz. fresh mozzarella into cubes.
  8. Add the basil to the top of your ingredients and let it steam for a moment.
  9. Sprinkle the mozzarella cubes on top of all the bacon and veggies.
  10. Add your egg mixture to the pan, making sure it's evenly distributed.
  11. Using your spoon, slowly mix the ingredients and "lift" the ingredients up so that the egg can get to the bottom of the pan.  You want the eggs to be all around and underneath the bacon, red pepper, and mushrooms.
  12. Grate 2 oz. of goat cheese over the top of the frittata, then put it in the oven of about 6-8 minutes at 350degF.  Leave the frittata in the pan and turn the broiler on.  Broil for an additional 4-6 minutes, or until the top has started to turn golden brown.
  13. Remove the frittata from the oven and let rest for 30-45 seconds.
  14. Using a spoon, pry the edges of the frittata away from the pan.  Make sure that all of the sides are was to come off.  Slide out of pan, slice up and enjoy.

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